Three SEC teams went to work on Wednesday, and three came away with victories.
Ole Miss, Florida and South Carolina each racked up nonconference wins. The Rebels took down the UL Monroe Hawks again, though showing a bit more mercy this time, winning 5-3. This contrasts wildly with the 21-7 thumping they gave them on Tuesday which looked like a football score. Nick Fortes and Colby Bortles each homered in the victory while Sean Johnson pitched six innings, allowed one hit, one earned run and tossed six strikeouts with three walks.
Florida had a lot less trouble taking down Jacksonville than they did beating Florida A&M on Tuesday. The Gators beat Jacksonville 6-2, giving the seventh-ranked team in the country their 32nd win of the year. Christian Hicks flashed his bat, hitting two homers in the win. JJ Schwarz meanwhile went 2-4 at the plate with 2 RBI while Austin Langworthy went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Finally, South Carolina came out on the winning end over Wofford. The Gamecocks defeated the Terriers 9-5 to vault their record up to 26-17. Three Gamecock batters hit homers in the win as Alex Destino, Riley Hogan and Ross Grosvenor all went deep, with Destino’s being of the two-run variety.
Today’s Baseball Schedule
|Arkansas vs. Texas A&M||Noon||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|Kentucky vs. Florida||1 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Ole Miss vs. Auburn||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Alabama vs. Vanderbilt||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Missouri vs. Tennessee||2 p.m.||SEC Network+||WatchESPN|
|Georgia vs. South Carolina||3 p.m.||SEC Network||WatchESPN|
|LSU vs. Mississippi State||4:30 p.m.||ESPNU||WatchESPN|
Mississippi State and Texas A&M begin a crucial series on Thursday night. The Bulldogs and Aggies are currently separated by one game apiece near the top of the SEC West standings, as State is 14-7 while A&M is 13-8. A series win for either could tilt things dramatically as the end of the season approaches. The Bulldogs may get a chance to curtail the Aggies’ push, and on the flip side, the Ags can usurp State in the standings if they are able to get the job done.
Meanwhile, Tennessee and Arkansas begin play as well. The Vols could play the role of spoiler as their 6-14 record puts them out of contention for the top spot in the SEC East. The Hogs, on the other hand, stand at 13-8 and a game out of first. Tennessee could derail the hopes that the Razorbacks have of winning a division title, at least for now, and despite their poor in-conference record, they have the talent to do so.